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Cultural Council Arts Awards: Bridges: Connecting Arts, Business, and Community.

September 2, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The winners will be announced at the virtual event on Wednesday evening, September 2, 2020.

The theme of this year’s Arts Awards is Bridges: Connecting Arts, Business, and Community. This theme highlights the interconnectivity between the arts, business, and community as a key to a thriving city. The Cultural Council has planned a virtual extravaganza that can’t be missed. The event will be live-streamed from the Jesse Ball DuPont Center and hosted by Tenikka Hughes, Action News Jax Anchor, and co-hosted by Al Emerick, Founder, ValueMapping. In addition to the award presentations, there will be dynamic performances, appearances by prominent members of the community, an online auction with trips, gift certificates and artwork by local artists and more.

This year’s event added a People’s Choice Award, which will be chosen, via online voting, throughout the event and announced at the conclusion of the program.

The nominees for this award are:

People’s Choice

Nikesha Williams

Word Revolt

Eleana Ohlander

William McMahon

The nominees for the other eight awards are as follows:

Helen Lane Founders Award

Maria Hane

Jenny Hager

Shawana Brooks and Roosevelt Watson III


Robert Arleigh White Award for Advocacy


Toni Smailagić

Ulysses Owens

Art Educator

Amanda Holloway

Laurie Hoppock

Rebecca Levy

Business Award

JAA (Jacksonville Aviation Authority)

JTA (Jacksonville Transportation Authority)

VyStar Credit Union

Small Business Award


VOID Magazine

EU Jacksonville

Art of Giving

Tomas Vercher

Ted & Alexandra Stein

Mark Krancer

Art Innovator

Mr. Al Pete

Paul Bourcier

Nicole Radiez

Community Impact

Nicole Holderbaum

Marguerite Richardson

Basma Alawee

The event will be streamed live on the Cultural Council’s Facebook page and website, as well as on WJCT’s Facebook and website. For more information about the Awards Program and the addition of the fun “Pre-Awards Cocktail Party”, go to https://www.facebook.com/events/2984229318329249/

 The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville’s mission is to enrich life in Northeast Florida by investing in arts and culture. They serve as the official regranting and administrative agency for City of Jacksonville funding to arts and cultural organizations, as well as provide several programs that benefit artists and arts and culture organizations of all disciplines.


September 2, 2020
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm